The Orr Fellowship recently began a 10-week Entrepreneurship class led by one of our Board Members, Mark Hill. I have to admit, the thought of giving up my Monday evenings for 10 weeks for an entrepreneurship class, didn’t sound like the most appealing way to spend my precious after-work hours. However, saying no to the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of a different Indianapolis entrepreneur each week was just out of the question.
In our second week of the class, we had the pleasure of meeting with Scott Dorsey. Some of you may know him as one of the founders of a little company called ExactTarget. However, we came to know him as someone so much more than a businessman and entrepreneur—we came to know him as a family man and engaged community member. Sure, he successfully grew his company over a span of roughly 12 years and sold it for 2.7 billion to SalesForce, but what stuck out more was his conscience effort to build a company that served others—employees, clients and the community.
As a young professional, hearing of Scott’s successes and stresses throughout those 12 years served as a real wake up call. So often we get stuck in the minutia, instead of looking at the bigger picture. One of the best examples that Scott shared in building the orange culture, and being open in communicating the bigger picture to his employees, was via his Friday notes. Every Friday, for five years, from every corner of the globe, Scott shared the challenges and successes of the company with each and every employee. At the close of each of these emails, Mark encouraged his employees to enjoy the weekend and get recharged. He knew that if he took care of his employees that they would take care of their clients—and, as they say, the proof is in the pudding.
These are the types of experiences that define the Orr Fellowship for me. It’s about saying “yes” to every opportunity, even if it means missing your favorite television show or eating dinner at 10pm. Being able to sit in a room with 40+ young professionals, going through the same growing pains as me, and hearing from business leaders around Indianapolis, is just not something every 20-something gets. So although my Mondays may be long for the next few weeks, the reward is so worth the “yes.”